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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013

A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die. A day may come – and some doctors argue it already […]

A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die.

A day may come – and some doctors argue it already has – that these so-called “superbugs” – antibiotic-resistant bacteria – will become serious health threats to us all. Some say the solution is to simply try to develop even stronger antibiotics. Others argue eventually the best antibiotics we can develop simply won’t work, and that we must change our approach, and find a way to live symbiotically with bacteria.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the role Houston-based researchers play in determining how best to fend off such superbugs in the future.

Also: we learn about a city program designed to improve Houston area school parks.

And: we hear about a Houston-area theatre company’s staged reading next week of The War of the Worlds, on the 75th anniversary of a landmark radio broadcast by Orson Welles, who adapted H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic, and sparked panic across the country, as some radio listeners believed the broadcast’s faux news reports of an alien invasion.

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